Spectacular Diagnostics: Raw Unknown (Stream)

A big release here from the prolific Chicago producer with the excellent name, Spectacular Diagnostics, as he unveils his Raw Unknown album. SD has managed to amass a hefty list of features for the album, including guest spots from Quelle Chris, billy woods, Vic Spencer, Koncept Jack$on, Rome Streetz and Sadhu Gold, plus a nice little handstyle from Kid Acne on the artwork. You can stream Raw Unknown for yourself in full below. Continue reading “Spectacular Diagnostics: Raw Unknown (Stream)”

Chong Wizard: The Soul Stone

Vancouver’s favourite mixtape wizard, Chong Wizard, assembles a particularly strong line-up for his latest project. The Soul Stone manages to cram in some superb features into just six tracks, with artists like Vic Spencer, Juga-Naut, El Ay and Vandal Savage all stepping up to the plate. You can hear the full release below and downloads/physicals are available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Chong Wizard: The Soul Stone”

Zilla Rocca: 96 Mentality (Stream)

As reported the other day, Zilla Rocca returned to the fore last week with a new project and I am pleased to report that it is a worthy addition to his already exceedingly robust repertoire. He is a true student of the culture and 96 Mentality embodies everything that comes with that title. Continue reading “Zilla Rocca: 96 Mentality (Stream)”

Zilla Rocca ft. Vic Spencer: Spy vs. Spy

Following hot on the heels of his triumphant Future Former Rapper LP, Zilla Rocca hits us with the lead single from his forthcoming album, 96 Mentality. Spy vs. Spy sees the Wrecking Crew rapper team up with Vic Spencer, as the pair dish out some solid bars over a great beat from Ray West. You can stream the track below and expect to hear more news on the album soon. Continue reading “Zilla Rocca ft. Vic Spencer: Spy vs. Spy”

Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)

Blockhead has been a favourite producer of mine ever since I first heard his work with Aesop Rock on Labor Days. Over the years he has maintained a steady stream of solid solo releases – Music by Cavelight and Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, being two personal favourites – as well as some excellent production credits for some equally excellent rappers. The one thing I have always wanted to hear from him though was a production album, featuring loads of good MCs rapping their asses off, which is exactly what the New York producer delivered today.
Following on from last year’s Funeral Balloons – his debut release on his new label home, Backwoodz Studioz – Free Sweatpants merges quintessential Blockhead instrumentals, with plenty of strong features from a whole host of talented writers. As if it’s not enough having Tree, Hemlock Ernst, Aesop Rock, Armand Hammer, Homeboy Sandman, Vic Spencer and Marq Spekt involved, Blockhead kicks off the album with a track featuring Open Mike Eagle, billy woods AND Breeze Brewin. The result is as good as you would hope for and more. I spent years waiting for this album to happen and I am happy to be able to say it has surpassed all my expectations. Free Sweatpants is available to stream in full below and you find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)”

Chris Crack: This Will All Make Sense Later (Stream)

Another new release from Chris Crack, less than a month after he blessed us with Being Woke Ain’t Fun. This Will All Make Sense Later is released in conjunction with another hardworking rap entity, Chong Wizard, and the project is produced in full by August Fanon. There are features too, with cats like Vic Spencer, Ugly Boy Modeling and Tree all gracing various tracks with their presence. The album is available to stream below, with downloads and limited edition cassettes to be found over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Chris Crack: This Will All Make Sense Later (Stream)”